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Los Angeles: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

1. Los Angeles: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

Welcome to the most comprehensive city tour in Los Angeles! Begin your exciting adventure in the heart of Downtown. The first stop will be at the historic Olvera Street where one of the oldest churches in Los Angeles “The Plaza Church” is located. From there you will be transported back in time to explore the world famous Union Train Station which is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations." The route will continue through downtown, passing by Chinatown, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, the Civic Center, Broadway, and the city skyline. You will see the fashion district (which consists of over 1,000 stores), some film locations from famous Hollywood productions, and the Staples Center Arena before heading northwest toward Griffith Park. Griffith Park offers the best view of the city as well as the world famous Hollywood Sign; the views are simply breathtaking. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the third major stop on this tour and is among the most popular stops in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Walk of Fame will give you the opportunity to walk among the “stars” that have made significant contributions to film, radio, television, theater, and the recording industries. The legendary Chinese theater located alongside the Hollywood Walk of Fame hosts movie premieres as well as other special events. You never know, you may be able to witness a red carpet premiere while there. After many attractions, you deserve a break. Next, you will stop at the historic Farmer's Market, which is one of the greatest places in Los Angeles to enjoy a variety of foods and beverages. "The Grove” which is located next to the Farmer's Market will not go unnoticed. You can take a ride on a historic 1950’s trolley and enjoy the features of a large center garden that includes an animated fountain with many shopping opportunities. Now that you've had time to relax and eat, you will be whisked off in the early afternoon to another world! From the Sunset Strip, you'll pass by iconic locations such as the Whisky a Go Go and the Chateau Marmont, before reaching Beverley Hills. While in Beverly Hills you will experience the charm of Rodeo Drive and may even feel like a star yourself. You'll soon see how varied and diverse this metropolis really is as you get an insight into what life is like once you've been discovered by the Hollywood Studios. Back on Sunset Boulevard heading west will bring you past the Getty Center. From there you will finally feel the breeze of the ocean. The Santa Monica Pier is a landmark of the city and has served for many backdrops in countless Hollywood films. Finally, round off a fascinating day with a nice walk along Venice Beach where you will be entertained by many different artists and showmen. “See and be seen” is the motto here. You will not be disappointed! With countless attractions in the most exciting city in the world, you will finally be brought back to your hotel or to a prearranged drop-off location by late afternoon. You won't sit on a big sightseeing bus on this tour. Capped at a maximum of 14 people, a familial atmosphere always develops during the tour. The tour makes frequent stops, allowing you to discover everything at a relaxed pace.

Downtown Los Angeles: Food, Arts and Culture Walking Tour

2. Downtown Los Angeles: Food, Arts and Culture Walking Tour

Your tour will begin by learning about Los Angele’s public transportation. Most people picture just one thing when driving in Los Angeles, traffic jams. Few realize, however, that LA is home to a world class metro system which you’ll learn about on this tour. Come hear about the struggle between mass transit and car culture and learn about the demise of the original Red Line, and experience it for yourself later in the tour when you hop on the world famous Angels Flight. Your next few stops will take you to several unique and fascinating locations: The Last Bookstore, The Bradbury Building and the Grand Central Market which are all distinctly LA and shouldn’t be missed. Next up, you will see where locals and travelers visit to experience world renowned symphonies and art in the notable institutions that line Grand Street such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Music Pavilion, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Broad Museum. Next you’ll go to the Civic Center of LA, where you will see and learn about all of the administrative functions that help bring order to this large and sprawling city. You will also hear about local legends such as former Mayor Tom Bradley and retired police chief William Parker. Following this is the cultural hub of Downtown LA, and the oldest street in Los Angeles, Olvera. Immerse yourself in the local flavor and experience first hand what pueblo life was like in LA. Learn about the namesake of this great city and come to understand how the Spanish Empire helped shape this city. For your last stop, marvel at the incredible mission revival and Art Deco infused building that is Union Station. Learn about the history of this transit hub officially known as the Grand Central of the west. After this tour you will be able to impress the locals with your insider knowledge of the subway and never get stuck on the freeway again.

Los Angeles: Self-Guided Tour of Iconic Filming Locations

3. Los Angeles: Self-Guided Tour of Iconic Filming Locations

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, this self-guided driving tour of Los Angeles Filming Locations is flexible and customizable. Choose which spots you want to see most and go right to them. To get started, simply download the app, then follow the audio instructions and route. As an added perk, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots of interior rooms. Visit the site where Joe Mantell uttered the famous words “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown” in Roman Polanski’s all-time classic, “Chinatown,” and take in some striking scenery while you’re there. See a courthouse from “The Dark Knight Rises,” a police station from “Blade Runner,” and a bank from “Catch Me if You Can," all the same building: Union Station. If old-timey sci-fi is more your speed, check out the Los Angeles City Hall, featured in “War of the Worlds” and “The Adventures of Superman.” Take some time to check out the Bradbury Building, where the climactic final showdown takes place in “Blade Runner.” Discover some surprising facts about that famous scene. Banks tend not to fare too well in Hollywood, and this couldn’t be truer of the next stop, where Doc Oc wreaked havoc in “Spiderman 2” and Jim Carrey was robbed in “The Mask.” If you’re into surrealism, you’ll find it at the Palace Theater, which doubled as the mysterious Club Silencio in David Lynch’s mind-bending “Mulholland Drive.” Fans of the supernatural can’t miss the Cicada Club, the setting of one season of “American Horror Story.” Stop at Millennium Biltmore, where the ghostbusters catch their first ghost (and break a few things in the process). If you’ve ever wondered how Hollywood gets away with all its destruction, you’ll get a glimpse of that here. Travelers needing a meal break can dine like Denzel at the Pacific Dining Car, where Denzel Washington’s character takes Ethan Hawke for a meal in the cop thriller “Training Day.” Those with a bad case of nostalgia will definitely want to stop by Echo Park Lake, home to none other than the lagoon from “Gilligan’s Island.” For the contemporary film-lover, this park is also home of Dom’s house in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Take a step back in time at the Music Box Steps, where Laurel and Hardy performed one of their most iconic bits. Head to The Virgil for a more contemporary musical landmark. This was where Lady Gaga first performed in “A Star Is Born.” Most high schools never see a serious film crew, but it’s part of the culture at John Marshall High School, which has served as a set for everything from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Finally, pay a picturesque visit to Griffith Observatory. This observatory wasn’t just a filming site for movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” and “La La Land,” it also offers the best views of Los Angeles anyone could ask for. Finish off your tour by getting close to the famous Hollywood sign and seeing the whole city sparkling below.

Los Angeles: Downtown Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

4. Los Angeles: Downtown Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of beautiful and interesting parts of downtown Los Angeles while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your group as the game guides you through the city. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. See major attractions as well as less-known gems of Los Angeles on this unique interactive tour. Work together with your group to solve the 21 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 2 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule. Explore downtown LA at your own pace. See the happening Olvera Street, the historic Pueblo, Union Station, Pico House, Little Tokyo, and many other interesting and lesser-known sights. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages.

Los Angeles: Downtown Historic Highlights Bike Tour

5. Los Angeles: Downtown Historic Highlights Bike Tour

Hop on your dutch style bike and head off on a historic cycle of downtown Los Angeles. Pedal past the area's top sights and hear stories of each location from your local guide. Feel like a total local on your 8-speed Pure bike, exploring downtown. Embark on a round trip tour from Grand Central Market. Begin your bike tour in front of Angel's Flight, a functioning, iconic 1901 funicular. Saddle up on your 8-speed Pure bike, and start exploring like a local. First, ride through the Historic Core's vintage Vaudeville theater district, fast becoming a shopping and nightlife spot. Next make your way through LA's more modern neighborhood of South Park to the LA Live Sports and Entertainment Complex with a stop at Crypto Arena, home of the Lakers. Ride along Figueroa St. shopping destinations, past LA's tallest skyscraper, and stop at the eery Cecil Hotel of horrors and hear the mysterious goings on. Cruise through the Civic Center to Olvera Street, the city's oldest neighborhood, now full of quaint shops and food kiosks. Next head up to Union Station and its Mission Revival splendor that was the backdrop to the 2020 Oscars Ceremony. Ride through Grand Park up to Grand Avenue with its cultural spots like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Broad Museum. See hidden gems you'd never see from a car, bus, or a walking tour. And after a mild workout, finish up at Grand Central Market, just in time for lunch.

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What people are saying about Union Station, Los Angeles

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 253 reviews

We really enjoyed the tour with Sandra and Dennis. Even beforehand, communication with Sandra was excellent. The pick-up at the agreed meeting point also worked without any problems. Dennis was super nice and constantly provided us with data and facts about the city. Of particular note was the interactive way Dennis included both images and videos. There was also a small guessing game during the journey. What was also particularly refreshing was the fact that the tour was in German, which was a welcome change compared to many other tours. We would unreservedly recommend the tour to anyone. Just great!

Excellent walking tour with a very helpful and friendly guide (sorry cannot recall his name but he was from Michigan) . The inside of the Bradbury building (which you would miss if it were not for this tour) and the Angels Flight being the highlights. Overshadowed by Hollywood and the coast Downtown LA may not the first place one would consider to visit but there are some hidden gems here and seeing them on a tour such as this is highly recommended.

Matt did a swell job as our DTLA guide. He even provided a sublime weather day, great stories with wry humor along the way. Plus good eating tips for the Grand Central Market. Job well done Matt from Michigan!

Great, Dennis made it very entertaining with lots of tips and interesting stories. You get a very good overview of all areas of LA that are worth seeing.

I had a personal tour as the other guest pulled out - very knowledgeable guide -& I got a great overview of the historic downtown area